Since being on rotations, I feel like I have learned almost as much about life in general than I have learned about medicine. I think it’s a combination of working with different doctors of all ages and seeing people of all ages in vulnerable positions.
When you work one-on-one with a doctor for a month, you start to get to know each other. In my case, going to med school right out of undergrad, all of my doctors are older than I am. I have had physicians recently out of residency, physicians who have been practicing for many, many years, and physicians who had career changes later in life. Whether they knew they were teaching me or not, I learned so much. Just from the way they would talk about things or how they explained their opinions on things. You can learn a lot just from listening.
Interacting with real patients is awesome. It makes all of your hard work seem meaningful and reminds you why you wanted to be a doctor in the first place. As a med student, you get quite a bit of one-on-one time with your patients. They can teach you a lot about life as well. Some jump on this opportunity and sit you down for an advice session while others speak volumes with minimal words.
The first two years of med school are 100% medicine. It’s almost like taking a two-year pause on life and only learn about medicine. You have to force yourself to grow as a person and learn more. But now that I am finishing up my 3rd year of med school, and first year on rotations, I have jumped back into real life. And it’s great.